“It’s extremely difficult:” Canadian gymnasts face the loss of their Olympic dream – fr

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“It’s extremely difficult:” Canadian gymnasts face the loss of their Olympic dream – fr


MONTREAL – After a difficult year, Canadian gymnasts have taken another blow this week with the decision not to compete at next month’s Pan American Championships in Rio de Janeiro.

Gymnastics Canada made the announcement on Friday, citing safety concerns raised by the ongoing pandemic.

“We have consulted a lot of medical experts to try as much as we can but, at the end of the day, Brazil is just not in an ideal position at the moment and it is just not safe to send who. let it be there, ”Amanda Tambakopoulos said. program manager for women’s artistic gymnastics.

The decision comes like a blue for many athletes for whom Rio would have been their last chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

“It’s close at hand but it’s still extremely difficult. We were ready to jump in and give it our all, ”said gymnast Cory Paterson. “Team Canada looked great so it’s a tough decision not to send a team but… the health of the athletes is the number one priority for the federation. It’s understandable, but it’s still difficult.

Other athletes who have already qualified for the Olympics face their own uncertainty as Japan battles a fourth wave of the virus. Olympic diver Vincent Riendeau said athletes are fighting to stay patient.

“We don’t even know it’s going to happen, it’s not guaranteed,” he said. “I think now, after the last year that we’ve had, we’ve gotten good at not raising our hopes but being able to work hard.

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